But there is another sense of judging that is central both to moral purity/holiness and to showing tough love to another: evaluating anotherís behavior as wrong, pointing that out to the person with a view to their repentance, restoration and flourishing. This form of judging another may bring short-term pain in the form of guilt, embarrassment and a experience of the need to change, but its long-term effect is (or is supposed to be) the flourishing and uplifting of the other.
Sometimes the most loving thing you can do for another is to tell him or her something hard to hear. This form of judgment is absolutely biblical. In fact, in Matthew 7:5, Jesus basically says that after one has appropriately engaged in self-examination and personal repentance, he/she is now in a position accurately and helpfully to evaluate another. This very same form of judgment is commanded in Galatians 6:1-2. It is moral confusion and cowardice to eschew evaluating otherís behavior. It is moral clarity and courage not to condemn others.
You have some good company All hail the system -- J.P. Moreland is no slouch in apologetics -- check him out for plain common sense logic in very basic observations that he uses in Christian apologetics world wide in colleges and universities and all kinds of churches too:
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